End-of-Life Care Planning and Funeral Guidelines

The Book of Ecclesiastes tells us that “there is a time for every purpose under Heaven…. A time to be born and a time to die.” As we enter this season of Lent and reflect on our own mortality, it is a good time to consider end-of-life care planning.

While we all want to live as well as we can, as long as we can, it is prudent to plan ahead. This can save you and your loved ones from having to guess one another’s wishes; it can save precious time in the event of an emergency, and it can even assist your physicians should you be hospitalized.  

We have recently updated our End-of-Life Care Planning and Funeral Guidelines in order to better serve you. These new guidelines include the theological ideals that are found in the Rites of Christian Burial I and II. In addition, we have added more information to help you as you consider your end-of-life care planning. You will find helpful lists that will assist you in your estate planning, as well as recommended health documentation, guidelines for planning your funeral service at Ascension, and ideas for planned giving (bequests).  

The revised End-of-Life and Funeral Planning Guidelines are available at the Welcome Desk for the next few weeks, with the hope that most everyone will consider this process as a part of your Lenten disciplines. The guidelines are also available on our website.  If you choose to create a new funeral plan, or revise and update an existing one, please inform your clergy at 214-340-4196.  We are available for consultation and discussion about this most important subject.

In Christ’s Service,
Mother Marci Pounders